Many cases of water damage from leaking or burst pipes Tapco HomeDry have surveyed can be avoided by carrying out routine checks to your property. One of the main reasons we are instructed to survey a property at this time of the year is to assess, sometimes, severe water damage caused by burst pipes that weren’t lagged or insulated, allowing them to freeze, split and discharge gallons of water into the property. Often when people go on their winter holiday they make the mistake of turning down, or off, their heating which seriously increases the risk of this happening if the external temperature suddenly drops below freezing. Although most cases of water damage caused by leaking plumbing or burst pipes are covered by insurance it is very important to check your policy has been renewed and what if any restrictions apply. A very important tip you should carry out immediately is to make sure you know where your stop valve is located and how to turn the water off. It is also recommended that you ask a neighbour or member of your family to regularly check the property to ensure all is well and warm and that you leave them a contact number.
Another thing to look out for to avoid damage from leaking plumbing are signs of discolouring or damp staining on the ceiling or walls. This is a sure sign that a pipe, bath or shower may be leaking from the floor above and causing the fabric below to become wet. You are strongly advised to instruct Tapco Homedry, who are specialist timber & damp surveyors, to survey the damaged area, report on the cause and submit recommendations to rectify the fault and carry out specialist damp restoration work. If ignored damp and damage will continue which can create ideal conditions for the serious attack of dry rot fungus.
Preventing water damage and immediate action are far better and far less disruptive and expensive than cure. We are London, Surrey and the Home Counties premier damp and water damage restoration company, established for over 40 years.